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Ships in a breeze: PD.98-1963

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Ships in a breeze


Draughtsman: Backhuysen, Ludolf




History note: Berlin, Kupferstich Kabinett der Staatliche Museen (Lugt 1612); sold by the Berlin Museum (Lugt 2482); Ingram (Lugt 1405a)

Measurements and weight

Height: 143 mm
Width: 190 mm

Relative size of this object

19 m14.3 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1963) by Ingram, Bruce Stirling, Sir

School or Style


Materials used in production

Grey wash
Brown ink
Brown wash
Pink wash

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen, brown ink, brown and grey and pink wash, with a hint of brown wash bordering it on all sides, on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: L.B.
  • Location: On the flag
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: L. Backhuysen / K.d.Z. 5905
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: 25
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: Backhuyzen
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: No 128
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.98-1963
Primary reference Number: 4204
Lugt: 1612
Lugt: 2482
Lugt: 1405a
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Ships in a breeze" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-02-04 08:15:09

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